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Waste Recycling Group fined over rotten egg smell in Greengairs

A waste company has been fined £10,500 over offensive smells coming from its landfill site in North Lanarkshire.

Residents in Greengairs had described the smell as being like rotten eggs which had made them feel sick, impacted on their sleep and caused headaches.

Waste Recycling Group Ltd (WRG) pleaded guilty to being in breach of the Pollution Prevention and Control Act.

Airdrie Sheriff Court head how it breached its permit conditions between 7 November 2010 and 16 February 2011.

This was because the smell was detectable beyond the boundaries of the landfill site.

The firm was told the original fine was £14,000 but was reduced to £10,500 because of its guilty plea.

The court heard how the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) had received a high number of complaints about the smell from members of the public.

'Significant discomfort'

Kate Fleming, specialist environment prosecutor, said: "Modern landfill sites are complex engineered structures which are subject to regulation designed to protect the environment.

"The law understandably sets a high standard to guard against damage to our environment."

She said WRG took the decision not to correct a design flaw in part of the site and instead decided to use that part of the site and filled it with waste.

"The people of Greengairs had to suffer significant discomfort over a prolonged period due to the failure of the company to remedy the problem at the site," Ms Fleming said.

"A properly protected environment maximises enjoyment of our communities and improves quality of life.

"This conviction and sentence makes it clear that those who do not respect that protection will be brought to account for their actions."

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